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To my publisher
To my dear publisher,
I received your letter.
You say you want to put my plays and poems and stories in a book
so everyone else can have a look. O bravo, just splendid!
Iím so grateful and humbled, it brings me to my knees.
Yes! Print my plays, my poems and stories, Ďplease!í
Oh to think! I canít wait! When ĎIí am famous, Ďme,í an author!
when I am famous and not a pauper.
Iíll write home to me dad and mum and tell them what Iíve done.
May be then theyíll be proud of their wayward son.
You see, they donít believe I have any talent in writing.
They want me to be a tailor like my father,and we seldom stop fighting.
Maybe now theyíll stop criticising me for the way I mix words.
They say that my stories are no good, ď for I always put the nouns
where the otherís put the verbs.Ē
You will tell me I trust if you want to edit my grammar.
You see, I speak this way on purpose, for effect, for the over all drama.
Itís all part of the story I feel. I donít mean to be derogative,
but I do think itís an authorís choice,
to mix words to their own personal prerogative.
Iím so glad that others will get to read my stories.
Mind you, itís not that Iím in it for the fame or the glory.
So you have my permission, my dear publisher, to go ahead and publish a book. Let everyone I know be able to have a look.
(Please turn over.)
Thanks so very much for your encouraging words about my play.
Do you really think Iíll be famous some day!?
I was so pleased to hear I had moved you to tears,
that deep down I had struck a bell in my opening line;
ďAlas poor Yoric, I knew him well,Ē
I was worried that I was being a shade Ďdramatic.í
But Alas! This is how I felt for my closest friend, Yoric.
You know, since Yoricís death, I have begun to write much.
Itís truly amazing how a tragedy can bring out the writerís touch.
I have quite a few stories these days,
mulling over and over and over in my head.
But alas for now, it is late, the candle burneth low,
and it is time for bed.
You will let me know how things are going.
I am keen for the money these day's, I am quite poor!
And O, give my regards to your two children,
John and Mary, and of course! your lovely wife, Elinor.
firstname.lastname@example.org © Written by Dominic John Gill www.poetry.net.au 25/2/99